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Creating a Manhattan Bathroom

March 06, 2018
Creating a Manhattan Bathroom

Manhattan glamour meets Melbourne charm in this beautiful bathroom renovation.

Your bathroom is probably the one space in your home that gets used the most (hello morning routine) but it often gets least amount of love when it comes to decorating. But, just because your space might feel generic now doesn’t mean that it can’t feel special with a little bit of love. With help from a bathroom design team, you can transform your space into a dream sanctuary - there is nothing better than enjoying a vino in a relaxing bath after a long day!

smarterBATHROOMS+ design and build dream bathrooms, kitchens and interiors solutions. Their multi award winning team offer a turn-key service seeing client’s renovations through from start to finish.

At smarterBATHROOMS+ renovations are completely customised, no two projects are ever the same. Their renovations are as unique as their clients, with the design team always offering customised solutions and advice to best suit the requirements.

Claire took the time to talk to us about one of their latest success stories - a project located in Port Melbourne. The case study below provides interesting insights into the process of undertaking a bathroom renovation and the benefits of working with a bathroom design company.


The story of a bathroom renovation

The Design Brief

How would you describe the Homeowners? What was their vision?

The glamorous couple wanted the main bathroom in their three storey Port Melbourne town house to reflect their style. The couple also engaged with smarterBATHROOMS+ to renovate their kitchen and ensuite. All rooms needed to tie back to one another without being a carbon copy. The main requirement was the bathtub in this space as the client loves nothing more than relaxing in the bath with a glass of wine after a long day. Therefore the space was less about the visitors that would otherwise use the main bathroom and more about the home owners which was so nice that we could produce a space that was uniquely theirs.

What was the History of the property? When was the property built?

Late 1990’s

What was the original architectural style of the bathroom? And how would you describe it now?

The dwelling is a 3-story town house in Port Melbourne. It had a plain bathroom typical of a complex/mass build of the time, with poor quality fixtures and fittings that were in need of a serious upgrade. Now, it has transformed into a sophisticated bathroom with a touch of charm.

What was the design brief

The client’s design brief was ‘Manhattan via Melbourne’ – a glamorous space with the bath as the focal point.

Design Objective

What was your vision for the project?

A bath in the home was a must therefore form was desired over function in the main bathroom with a lavish free standing bath and bespoke shower curtain allowing guests to use the space as required. The use of texture, depth and alternative materials was something that the clients did not want to shy away from which was encouraged by our design team. Bespoke joinery crossed the line from cabinetry to artisan-crafted furniture, sitting lightly in the room in a rich navy to complement the brass fixtures and fittings.

The rooms are a bespoke reflection of the client’s refined taste with each room making an impression. The design display’s distinct attention to the finer details, yet out bursts of charm such as the use of fun patterned tiles and that one of a kind soft sheer shower curtain.


Design Details

What specific design details were implemented?

The selection of floor tiles was a meticulous design decision, to ensure the selected pattern flowed harmoniously through the space without distracting from the bespoke vanity unit. The vanity unit was of course the main design consideration in the space sitting lightly within the space yet demanding attention with the choice of colour. With amply storage for guests the unit is both practical and beautiful.

Materials & Finishes

What materials and finishes palette was chosen and why?

Nothing quite says Manhattan interior style like the rich use of brass. It was an obvious inclusion to link the space. On paper the patterned tiles, bespoke cabinetry, use of colour in the vanity unit as well as tapware and the freestanding bath can sound like there is a lot going on. But I think you can agree that the room works. All elements harmoniously work together to produce a truly unique space fit for our client to sit back with a nice glass of wine in that elegant bath.


Get the Look

Design Constraints

Did you encounter any challenges completing the fit-out?

Being a relatively young home meant that the fit out of the room was a smooth one. Our design team ensures all of the groundwork is done prior to going on site so that our build team can get in and out, making the renovation as pain free as possible for our clients.

Construction Period

How long did it take to complete the project?

We were on site for 12 weeks to completely gut and rebuild the bathroom, ensuite and kitchen. This particular bathroom took about 4 weeks from start to finish.

We would like to thank Claire from smarterBATHROOMS+ for sharing this interesting case study with us.

We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Bathroom Renovation Category.

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